SEO for the geo-tagged and multilingual sites


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Geo-targeted, multilingual sites

There are different options for multilingual sites and targeting your content to the specific geo-location. Some tips can help you to improve your SEO scores. They have their advantages and disadvantages, you should keep in mind, that each situation is unique – and one and the same option might be good for one site, and destructive for the other. This post is an overview of Google guidelines.

Use different top level domains. Country specific URL Structure.

Example.com

Example.es

Example.de

Example.au

advantages using different top level domains

Clear geo-targeting – both – for Google bots and for users

Easy separation for sites

Server location – you can choose the server near your target audience location.

Separate connections to the Google Webmasters Search Console

disadvantages of using advantages using different top level domains

More expensive

More maintenance resources

Sometimes could be ccTLD requirements restricted

Cookies cannot be shared across multiple locales, meaning that users have to log in separately to each site.

Not a very good idea to localize only by language. As many languages have different countries, using them. I.E. even when the TLD (top-level domain) the same as language code .es – Google bots may consider that your site should be shown for users from Spain, not for all Spanish-speakers.

Use Subdomains gTLDS

es.example.com

de.example.com

au.example.com

advantages using different top level domains

Easy to set up

Also allows different server locations

Less expensive than the separate domains

Google Webmasters Search Console geo settings could be implemented

disadvantages of using advantages using different top level domains

Maybe look less local then the top level domain

Subdirectories with gTLDs

example.com/es/

example.com/de/

example.com/au/

advantages using different top level domains

Buying the single domain and making multiply settings

The same as for subdomains

disadvantages of using advantages using different top level domains

No way to locate server in different places as we have only one DNS entry.

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